Half Inupiat Eskimo by birth, Trooper Nathan Active is posted to a remote Alaskan Indian village, where he soon finds himself investigating a suicide that seems to defy logic, as the man had shot himself in the Adam s apple....
|Title||:||White Sky, Black Ice|
|Format Type||:||Other Book|
|Publisher||:||Soho Crime 1 Mai 1999|
|Number of Pages||:||395 Pages|
|File Size||:||898 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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White Sky, Black Ice Reviews
If you like Tony Hillerman and James Doss, you'll love Stan Jones's detective hero, Nathan Active. He's an Eskimo by blood and an Alaskan state trooper by profession assigned to one of the most remote and forbidding posts in all of North America and perhaps the world, a town north of the Artic Circle. Since most of the townspeople get around by snowmobiles, called locally snogos, Trooper Active doesn't write many speeding tickets. Rather he deals with the crime residue that forced isolation and cultural alienation imposes on the local populace.The area's one industry--and one hope for professional and even social redemption--lies in a nearby copper mine which was brought to the region by local politician and social engineer, Tom Werner. Unfortunately, Active tumbles to Werner and company's dirty little secret. It is wantonly killing the local fish catch and polluting the drinking water.Stan Jones's characters are remarkably well drawn and likable. In particular, he seems to understand the problems of the native Americans of the far north, sympathize with them, while rendering the sometime hopelessness of their plight without sugarcoating. Even better he handles the political, social and environmental dilemna plausibly and both credibly and creditably.This is a notable mystery yarn. We look forward to more of this sort.
Alaskan State Trooper Nathan Active has been posted to his birthplace, Chukchi, a long cultural distance from Anchorage where his white adoptive parents reared him and where he attended the University of Alaska. Nathan's posting to Chukchi raises cultural questions in his mind. His birth mother an Inupiat, who was 15 and unmarried when she gave birth to Nathan, begins to have an influence on his life. When two suicides, both Inupiats, occur within days of one another and both victims of shotgun blasts to the throat, Nathan doesn't believe that a curse, alcohol, or depression were the causes. He believes the cause was murder; however, local superstition, local prejudices, and local politics are intertwined in the solution. Both victims worked at a copper mine that was making a beneficial impact on the area's economy. As Nathan begins his investigation of the mine's personnel, he is blocked at every turn. White Sky, Black Ice is definitely a smooth read that introduces a new character to the mystery genre and attempts to define both the culture and the climate of the far North. In an attempt to humanize Nathan, Jones has introduced a love interest as well. Jones has included an Inupiat glossary that is of extensive help in understanding the Native language.
Overkill: Turning the Apparatus of Criticism on an Humble Murder Mystery I remember the first Tony Hillerman novel I read, which I thought was interesting, not because of its description of Navajo policemen, or the exotic, to me, locale, so much as for its taking witchcraft seriously, as the people in the story did. White Sky, Black Ice introduces Nathan Active, an Eskimo (not the preferred term, as an introduction to the book and a short glossary explain)...in a captivating plot, a wonderful setting--the Arctic, with its herds of migrating caribou, its weather, its indigenous people and sympathetic characters. And a timeless theme. Man against the elements, including, in modern Western society, man in an organization, with bosses, co-workers, and underlings, procedures, policy, against institutions, government and private, bent on maximizing profit and manipulating public opinion, through the media of mass communication, at any cost, rewarding team players and punishing the lone wolf. A morality tale. In myth. All myth means is stories. The raven is the only animal that chuckles, and you can't see a snowy owl against the winter sky. Maybe it is a shaman's curse and maybe it isn't. If the hero breaks the curse, he breaks it. Maybe he helped this young person, maybe he didn't. If ten people had changed their vote the outcome would have been different. Maybe the election will change things. Maybe it won't. You worry about it too much your mind will break.
I am a certifiable 'Alaskaphile!' I love all things Alaskan. To me, the fact that the book was a mystery was an added bonus. I read it for the Alaskan setting.What I enjoyed about Stan Jones' novel was the authenticity of the native culture in 20th century Alaska and believability and likeability of the characters. It is apparent that Mr. Jones is a student of human nature because he has used his powers of observation in crafting characters that literally leap off the page and sit down on the sofa next to you. There was nothing stereotypical of the portrayal of native Alaskan characters, situations or customs.It is apparent that Mr. Jones has a deep knowledge of life in a small bush town. He also interjects a panoply of uniquely Alaskan ingredients....the autonomy of the native corporation and men behind it...the wide array of people who live in a bush town...alcoholism...suicide...alternative means of transportation...law enforcement in the bush.Mr. Jones weaves the characters together in a gentle, flowing way. His story-telling is masterful. But the greatest asset of White Sky, Black Ice is Mr. Jones depiction of individuals regardless of heritage in an honoring way. For that reason, I couldn't put it down because I cared about the characters and wanted to see the outcome.It's a great book!